Big Screens for eSports Arenas

Posted by Ross Noonan|09 Jul 2024

Enhancing Your Esports Experience with LED Studio

In today's rapidly advancing digital era, few industries demonstrate the fusion of technology and entertainment as strikingly as esports. With global audiences engaging both online and in person, esports events have become high-energy extravaganzas.

Esports arenas, designed to host thousands and broadcast to millions, have specific requirements. This guide explores the nuances of esports displays and how LED Studio can enhance the experience, ensuring every moment is showcased in stunning detail.

Central to these visual spectacles are the LED screens that bring the action to life. However, the quality of these displays varies significantly. The right choice of screen can elevate the viewing experience to extraordinary heights or leave the audience feeling disappointed.

Understanding the Esports Environment and Audience

The Growth of the Esports Audience

A decade ago, esports was a niche industry with a small, dedicated following. Gamers would gather in small venues or dormitories to compete. Today, esports is a multi-billion-pound industry with a diverse global audience spanning all ages, genders, and regions.

Major tournaments now fill stadiums, and viewership often exceeds that of traditional sports. This transformation is no coincidence. Improved gaming graphics, faster internet speeds, and advanced broadcasting technologies have all contributed to this growth.

Most importantly, the passion and engagement of the community drive esports forward, making it essential for those investing in esports infrastructure to understand and appreciate this audience when selecting displays.

The Unique Setup of Esports Arenas

Esports arenas differ significantly from traditional sports venues. While they include elements such as commentator booths, VIP sections, and concession stands, the primary focus is the stage where teams compete. Large screens surrounding this stage display live action, player reactions, scores, and more.

 Unlike traditional sports, where the audience focuses on a central field, esports audiences surround the stage, making the visual experience critical. Thus, the quality, size, and clarity of these screens are vital for engaging the audience.

Viewing Angles & Audience Positioning

Given the stage-centric layout, audience positioning in esports arenas is unique. Attendees are usually spread out in a semi-circular or circular pattern around the stage.

This arrangement necessitates screens that provide clear views from various angles, ensuring spectators on the edges enjoy the same visual quality as those in the centre. Therefore, screens with wide viewing angles and consistent image quality are crucial.

Challenges Unique to Esports Events

Esports events pose several unique challenges. Unlike pre-recorded shows or movies, esports are dynamic and fast-paced, especially in games like first-person shooters.

LED screens must render scenes in real-time without minimal lag. Additionally, tournaments can last for hours or even days, requiring screens that are durable and perform consistently. These screens also need to synchronise with other systems, such as audio and lighting, and cameras to provide a seamless experience for viewers.

Key Factors in Choosing an Esports Display

Dislpay Size, Pixel Pitch, and Resolution

Choosing the Right Size

Selecting the appropriate size for a display in an esports arena involves more than just opting for the largest screen. The screen must fit the venue dimensions perfectly. A screen that's too large can overwhelm, while one that's too small can leave viewers straining their eyes.

Factors like the minimum viewing distance and from the closest seat to the screen and optimal viewing distance vs screen size must be considered to ensure the correct pixel pitch is used. Larger arenas typically require larger screens, but viewing distance and pixel clarity are also essential considerations.

The Importance of Pixel Pitch

Pixel pitch measures the distance between the centres of two adjacent pixels. A smaller pixel pitch means a higher resolution, resulting in a sharper and clearer display. For esports, where game details and fast-moving graphics are crucial, a low pixel pitch ensures even those sitting closer to the screen have a clear, detailed view without noticing pixel gridlines.

It important to remember that higher resolution has knock on effects in terms of the hardware needed to run the screen, refresh rates and input lag! So make sure you don’t add resolution just for the sake of it.

Brightness & Contrast

Adapting to Various Lighting Conditions

Esports arenas experience varying lighting conditions, from natural daylight during day events to complex artificial lighting setups. Screens must offer optimal brightness to ensure the game remains visible and vibrant regardless of external light conditions.

Poor contrast can ruin the viewers experience in both the indoor and outdoor environments so make sure the screen you choose has high contrast values.

Enhancing Viewer Experience with Contrast Ratios

Contrast ratio is the difference between the screen’s brightest white and darkest black. A higher contrast ratio results in deeper blacks and more vibrant colours, making on-screen action more engaging. This is especially important in games with dark scenes or night modes, where a high contrast ratio ensures viewers don't miss any details.

Refresh Rates & Response Times

The Necessity of High Refresh Rates

The refresh rate of a display indicates how many times per second the image is refreshed. In fast-paced esports scenarios, a high refresh rate (typically 120Hz or higher) ensures smooth, fluid motion with minimal blur. This creates a more immersive viewing experience for the audience.

Keep in mind a refresh rates this high may not be needed for the crowd, even though it is needed for the players and can add significant cost to you display solution and supporting hardware.

Importance of Quick Response Times

Response time refers to how quickly individual pixels can change from one colour to another. Lower response times (measured in milliseconds) are preferable for esports as they reduce ghosting effects, ensuring rapid in-game movements are accurately displayed.

Durability & Maintenance

Lifespan of LED Screens

LED screens are known for their energy efficiency and durability. A quality LED screen can last upwards of 100,000 hours , depending on usage, maintenance, and build quality. With the latest pixel deveolpments in GOB (Glue on board) pixels are pretected with a resin which makes them more durable.

Maintenance & Costs

Regular maintenance is essential to extend the lifespan of LED screens and keep them performing optimally. This includes cleaning to remove dust, periodic inspections for pixel issues, and software updates. Arena owners should budget for these ongoing costs and set aside funds for unexpected repairs.

Integration with Audio Visual Arena Systems

Synchronising with Sound, Light Systems and Cameras

For an immersive esports experience, visual, audio, and lighting elements must work harmoniously. Screens must easily synchronise with the arena’s sound, lighting and camera systems, ensuring pivotal game moments are reflected simultaneously across all mediums. This may require LED processors that feature Genlock to ensure all screens are locked frame by frame.

Connectivity & Compatibility with Gaming Systems

Esports events use various gaming systems, each with its connectivity needs.  LED displays must provide a simple endpoint to seamlessly integrate with complex CMS systems used across the arena.

Innovations by LED Studio

LED Studio provides multi award winning LED displays that are innovative and solve industry problems. Our cutting-edge technology ensures stunning clarity, capturing every game detail with precision. Seamless panels eliminate gaps, and state-of-the-art calibration technology ensures colour accuracy and uniformity.

Venue Digital Signage

Digital signage is vital for branding, advertising, and keeping the audience informed. LED Studio offers versatile digital signage solutions, whether for multi-screen displays at entrances, foyeurs or smaller screens for individual booths and hospitality areas. High-resolution screens ensure clarity, while our dynamic content management system allows for quick updates. Optimal placement includes high footfall areas, near refreshment stalls, and entrances.

Outdoor Screen Solutions

Esports events often extend beyond the arena. LED Studio offers an arrary of outdoor LED screens and digital billboards that can be used for 3D style anamorphic storytelling and DOOH kiosks that are bright, clear, and durable enough to withstand environmental elements. These screens are built to perform in rain, dust, or direct sunlight, with enhanced brightness ensuring visibility and a rugged build promising longevity.

The Economics of Esports Displays

ROI Considerations for Arena Owners

Impact on Ticket Sales

The quality of the viewing experience directly influences ticket sales. High-quality displays ensure an immersive experience, encouraging fans to purchase tickets, especially premium seats. Advanced displays technologies technology, like that provided by LED Studio, allows arenas to command higher ticket prices, ensuring a robust return on investment.

Sponsorship & Advertising Potential

Digital signage used in hospitality and communal areas offer a dynamic platform for branding and advertising. The crystal-clear displays provided by LED Studio attract sponsors willing to pay a premium for high-quality, uninterrupted display time during crucial game moments. This provides a significant revenue stream for arena owners.

Financing & Leasing Options

Investing in state-of-the-art LED displays can seem daunting. LED Studio offers tailored financing and leasing solutions, allowing arenas to upgrade their technology without bearing the full cost upfront. Flexible leasing terms ensure access to the latest technology while maintaining liquidity.

Balancing Maintenance Costs & Revenue Streams

While maintenance costs are associated with LED displays, the potential revenue streams they unlock far outweigh these expenses. LED Studio offer full SLA and maintenance packages tailored to your exact needs.